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  • Name Jan Joosten VAN METEREN 
    Born Abt 1626  Thielerwaardt, Gelderland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 1662  New Amsterdam, New Netherland [now New York City, New York County, NY] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Will 16 Dec 1681 
    Died Bef 18 Apr 1704 
    Probate 13 Jun 1706  Burlington County, NJ Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • (1) Source: Linda Newhouse .

      (2) Smyth, Samuel Gordon, The Origin and Descent of an American Van Metre Family, Lancaster, PA: Lancaster Press, 1923, pp. 14-19:

      Jan Joosten Van Meteren, his wife and five children, whose ages ranged from two and a half to fifteen years of age, arrived in the ship "Fox," at New Amsterdam, in New Netherlands, on the 12th of April, 1662. The wife's name was Macyke Hendricksen, and she is supposed to have been the sister of Femmetjen Hendricksen, who married Jooste Adriensen, of Pynnaker, Holland, on the 20th of March, 1663-4. She was of Meppelen, in the province of Dreuth, in Holland; and upon the death of Jooste Ariencesen, of "Boswick," upon Long Island, circa 1685, Jan Joosten Van Meteren was appointed administrator, tutor of decedent's children, and arbitrator in proceedings regarding the sale of some land in Hurley which had been sold to Derick Schepmos by Arience during his lifetime. Jan Joosten's children were: Lysbeth, Cathrin, Geertje, Jooste Jans, and Gysbert; Jooste Jans being the eldest son, as appears by the father's records.

      Jan Joosten hailed from the Thielerwaardt, a fortified town in Gelderland, Holland; and his wife was of Meppelen, in the province of Dreuth, in Holland, where they were married and their children born. The family patronymic was derived from Van, "of," and "Meteren," a town in Holland.

      Prior to "1662, there is a record that Jan Joosten had been in America at least a year earlier. Evidence shows that he was appointed in 1661, along with Jan Gerrettsen, Roosa Gerrettsen and Allard Huymans, on a committee to superintend the enclosing of the village of Nieuw Dorp, in Ulster Co., N. Y.

      Jan Joosten, with his family, settled in Wyltwick [now Kingston] in the summer of 1662, but he is not noted in the activities of that community until the 7th of June, 1663, the date when the Minnisink Indians made an attack on the village and its vicinity, raiding and burning the settlement and carrying away women and children in captivity. Among the latter were Jan's wife and two of his children, Jooste Jans being one of them. Captain Kreiger's journal, which gives a general account of the expedition of rescue, unfortunately does not name him, but it is elsewhere stated that it was due to Jooste Jan's three months' association with the Indians, during his captivity, that gave him the knowledge of their habits, trails, plans and war feuds with other tribes, and so impressed him with a desire for their adventurous life.

      In a list of the inhabitants of Ulster County, New York, who subscribed to the oath of allegiance, due to a change in the sovereignty of the country, between the 21st and 26th of October, 1664, the name of Jan Joosten appears among them. After this date frequent notice of him occurs upon the records of Kingston - as a farmer, and a man of growing importance in civil and religious matters. In 1665 he was appointed referee in a lawsuit between two of the citizens; and on August 26, of the same year, he is mentioned as an appraiser of the personal estate of Dr. Gysbert van Imbrock, who was a physician and apothecary of the vicinity. The decedent's inventory included, among other valuable books, a copy of Emmanuel Van Meteren's History; and at a sale of the effects, on the 9th of September, following, Jan was a purchaser to the extent of nearly 100 guilders - two of the items he bought were the "Beehive," by the famous Marnix, Lord of St. Aldegonde, and "The Chronicles of the Kings of England"; and these books aptly showed the character of Jan Joosten's culture. A further appointment came to Jan as "Scheppen," or to a position synonymous to that of the minor judiciary, which, under the laws of the time, gave him jurisdiction in all civil cases under the sum of 100 guilders; but in cases above that amount such action must be referred to the Director-General and the Council. He could pronounce sentence in criminal actions, subject to appeal, so we may assume that he enjoyed a position but little removed below the highest court in the province.

      From about this time Jan Joosten was frequently sought as a witness to various marriages, or as sponsor at the baptisms of children at the homes of relatives and friends. In some instances baptisms were performed "at Jan Joosten's in the presence of the whole consistory"; these distinctions were, no doubt, due to his position in the church, in which he had been elected an elder, in 1667; or, as a civil officer in the community. During the trouble in Wyltwick in the same year, caused by the offensiveness of the soldiers of the English garrison, Jan Joosten, with three other citizens, acted as mediators in the dispute and were able to conciliate the inhabitants and thus prevented violence to lives and property.

      The first instance of his purchase of land appears in a record which reads: "Jan Joosten had, from Governor Lovelace, a deed for a lot, dated March 20th, 1671, in Marbletown," and "on the 11th. October following - received confirmation of his 30 acre lot in Marbletown."

      Jan Joosten was selected, October 6, 1673, as one of the four magistrates of Hurley and Marbletown - to supervise the merging of the village of Niew-Dorp into those of Hurley and Marbletown under the English rule. The other magistrates were Jan Broerson, Louis du Bois, and Roelof Hendricksen. And notwithstanding the change of government, Jan was continued in that civil office until the return of Dutch supremacy, in 1675, when Governor Colve reappointed him to serve for another term.

      Jan Joosten is named as justice of the peace for Eusopus and was present at the Court of Assizes, in New York, on October 4, 5, and 6, 1682.

      Macyken, wife of Jan Joosten, is named as a beneficiary in the will of Everdt Pary; dated 26th March, 1675.

      With the regaining of the country by the English, the inhabitants were again required to swear allegiance to their new overlords, so it is recorded that Jan Joosten once more performed this act of fealty, 1st Sept., 1689.

      We now approach a very interesting phase of Jan Joosten's career, in which he takes on the status of a patroon, or landed proprietor. Aside from what he had acquired in Ulster County - the Wassemaker's land, for instance, and possibly other parcels - he obtained land grants in the province of East Jersey through a period extending from 1689 to the year of his death, in 1706.

      In company with his son-in-law, Jan Hamel, who had married his daughter Geertje Crom [sometimes called "Girty Jans "] in 1682, Jan Joosten appeared in East Jersey, where they jointly bought, on October 18, 1695, from Edward Hunloke, the deputy Governor, of Wingerworth, Burlington County, a plantation of 500 acres located at Lassa, or "Lazy Point," on the Delaware River, opposite the present city of Burlington. This property was on the path much frequented by the Dutch traders passing between the settlements of the upper Hudson and their kindred villagers on the lower Delaware. Lassa Point lay about 23 miles northeast of Philadelphia; and was originally seated by three or four Dutch families "who were there" - said Governor Philip Carteret - "in 1666," and to whom he confirmed patents in 1678. The Mattinicock Island, which lay in the river opposite Burlington and Lassa Point, was subsequently the home of Peter Jegue, a noted colonial character and trader. The record of this purchase by Joosten and Hamel reads that title was given "to John Joosten and John Hamel, both now or late of Sopus [Eusopus in the Kingston locality], N. Y., yeomen." At the same time Hunloke gave the grantees a bond guaranteeing them undisputed possession of the premises; and on the following day the grantees executed and delivered to Hunloke their bond and mortgage on the 500 acres. Later, Jan Joosten, in his own name, granted two hundred acres of this land at Lassa Point, and the title was confirmed by law in 1697.

      Jan Joosten next appears as an individual purchaser of certain lands in Somerset County, East Jersey, as may be seen from the record of a deed passing title from Governor Andrew Hamilton and Agnes, his wife, and under date of September 13, 1700, to "Jane [Jan] Joosten of Marbletown, New York, yeoman." There were four parcels of this land, separately numbered, and designated as unsurveyed and unappropriated lands, lying contiguous on the South Branch of the Raritan River, in the neighborhood of the present city of Somerville, N. J., the county seat of Somerset. As a whole, the plantation aggregated 1,835 acres. It consisted of broad and fertile meadows on the Raritan; and the locality was already partially seated by groups of Dutch and Scotch people from the Kill-von-Kull and Perth, with a few French from Staten Island, who had come into this region about fifteen or twenty years before. On the above date there is a record of Jan Joosten being at Piscataway [Perth], where he probably went to meet the Governor and obtain his grant. The above seems to be the extent of his purchases. His will was found filed, with an inventory of his personal property, in the Burlington County Surrogate's office. This instrument is endorsed "Will of Jan Joosten of . . . June 13th, 1706," and is further marked " Dutch." His personal estate included six slaves, a negro man, woman and four children. The appraisers were Joris van Neste and Hendrix Reinersen; it was sworn to by "John Van Mator." Antedating this document is a "testamentary disposition" signed jointly by Jan Joosten and his wife, Macyke Hendricksen, and dated 16th December, 1681, which reads: "Macyke Hendricksen shall retain full possession of the estate. She consents that the survivor shall possess everything, lands, houses, personal property, money, gold, silver-coined or uncoined. After their decease the property is to be inherited by their children - Jooste to have one-half the entire estate first. Jooste and Gysbert to have the land at Marbletown - Jooste one-half and then the other half to be divided between them. Geertje to have the land at Wassemaker's land. Children of Lysbeth, deceased, to have their portion in money from the other children."

      Jooste Jans was the eldest son - therefore, the heir-at-law and entitled to a double portion. Geertje was the eldest daughter, who, from the additional name of "Crom," suggests that she had been married before this time, or that she was the daughter of Jan Joosten by a former marriage and carried her mother's name as the custom was in Holland. Lysbeth predeceased her father and left children. Another daughter, not named in the will, is supposed to have been Cathrin, and can only be accounted for by her marriage and in having received her portion and so disappears from consideration in the distribution of the property.

      In passing, it is needful to say that among the Dutch families residing on the South Branch of the Raritan River were several related to Jan Joosten and probably were his neighbors at the time of his death; they may be mentioned here because of their later associations and intermarriages, and in showing the French influence in the locality. There were the de la Meters, du Bois, Bodines, Traphagens, Molenaurs and Powelsens. About 1715, a Reformed Dutch church was organized at the head of the Raritan, called the Readington church; it was on the north branch of the Raritan. Among its elders were Abram de la Meter and Jan Hendricksen, from Ulster Co., N. Y. An Isaac Van Metre was a land owner in Bridgewater township, Somerset Co., in 1714, and was probably the same person who was "received" into the communion of the Readington church, on confession of faith, in 1731.

      Jan Joosten was, in every sense, an enterprising and influential citizen; a man of vision, initiative, culture and other fine and useful qualities; and in whom the people placed their matters of trust without fear of being betrayed or exploited. He was, indeed, a worthy progenitor of the line of descendants who have distinguished themselves in every sphere of usefulness.
    Person ID I26029  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 

    Family Mayken HENDRICKSEN,   b. Bef 12 Dec 1624, Meppel, Drenthe, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1658  Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Joost Jansen VAN METRE,   b. Abt 1659, Gelderland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 1706  (Age ~ 47 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 19:11:43 
    Family ID F11364  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart